Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Wenger makes it clear that he expects to coach Arsenal next year

Wenger makes it clear that he expects to coach Arsenal next year

"It's a bad period but we need everyone who likes this club - players, fans and staff - to be together and to fight to be as high as we can".

The 68-year-old is enduring a nightmare with the Gunners, and Sunday's 2-1 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion means that Arsenal fans are desperate to see Wenger's 22-year reign end this summer.

"The solutions are inside that dressing room and until the end of the season, they have to find that solution for themselves with the coaches and the manager".

It was a fourth successive defeat in all competitions for the London club for the first time since October 2002, intensifying the pressure on the Gunners manager.

"I have battled with this man, I can never say that".

A goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang against Brighton - just his second since joining Arsenal - proved to be worthless as first half strikes from Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray were enough to get the Seagulls over the line. Brighton swung in a corner to a penalty box crowded with Arsenal defenders but somehow the home side's Shane Duffy was able to outmuscle them all and keeper Petr Cech at the back stick.

Chelsea got through that first half, only to concede within 33 seconds of the second half when David Silva crossed for Bernardo Silva to force in a finish at the far post.

"I want to grab the players by the collar, shake them up".

"Overall, on top of that, we made some defensive mistakes, where they took advantage of it as well".

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"Even he, in the short time he's been at Arsenal, has been affected by the mood".

"I believe a quality of manager is to shorten the crisis".

"I think Wenger's reign at Arsenal is exhausted and as many people have said this week, it feels like it is at a point where someone has to tell him that it's over, and it would nearly be a kindness I think now.

It is hard to say it's his fault or our fault", Koscielny told the BBC.

Then came the freaky pièce de résistance to his analysis of his players: "The team needs more support at the moment".

With a top four spot so far out of reach, the Europa League may represent Arsenal's best chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season. Tough, objective judgement as well. but when you struggle for confidence it's hard.

He said: "When you have just the pants on it's easy to take the pants off as well". You need to put your head down and work.

They face a resurgent AC Milan side in the round-of-16 this week and the Premier League outfit are very much the underdogs.

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